Soaring from the Western Europe, Austria Card is known by far for its innovative yet remarkable products, be it in the payment or the ID sector. Continuously conquering the world of contactless, Austria Card has made its presence known & felt by its great movement, especially with the dual interface cards which serves as a pace setter among many countries.

There has been a newly renewed outburst of interest in biometrics in the cards industry and how it can be applied to cards to enhance security & ease of use. Biometric scanners come in different shapes and sizes and also differing in technologies on the card body part. 

The increase intention in ID card and e-Document forgery may seem to be getting out of hand recently, especially when criminals are going up and beyond, to achieve their goals by attacking the weaknesses in the personalisation process itself. There are many ways to increase security measures on an ID card which includes but not limited to laser engraving, lamination overlay and more. 

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08 September 2015
MasterCard and Media-Saturn, the holding company of Media Markt and Saturn, are joining efforts in a move that will allow shoppers at Europe’s best known consumer electronics retail brands to use their preferred MasterCard payment solutions at its shops across Europe. These efforts will provide consumers with greater choice over the way they want to pay in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Italy. Other countries may be included at a later stage. General acceptance of MasterCard cards is being extended to Media Markt and Saturn stores in various countries, starting with Germany and Austria. In addition, Media-Saturn will extend the possibility already existing in Italy to pay contactless to other countries, starting with Germany and Austria this autumn, hence allowing consumers to tap their contactless card or device at the till and save time at checkout. In order to ensure a seamless shopping and payment experience across all channels, Media-Saturn will also allow shoppers to use MasterCard’s MasterPass wallet solution on its online platform in all 6 countries by the end of 2015. Already in place in Poland and Italy today, this will increase convenience and safety for consumers across Europe who will be able to check out with just a few clicks, instead of having to provide their 16-digit card number and shipping address at every purchase. Given the scale and footprint of Media Markt and Saturn as the leading consumer electronics retailers in Europe, this new partnership will significantly drive acceptance and use of e-Payments to the detriment of less efficient payment methods, such as cash – whether it is in-store or online.
01 September 2015
UnionPay and Turkish Turkey IS Bank has recently jointly declared that all 470,000 POS terminals of Turkey IS Bank(Türkiye İş Bankası) will be enabled to accept UnionPay cards. In the meantime, quite a few well-known local online merchants will accept UnionPay online payment. Cai Jianbo, CEO of UnionPay International, and Yalçın Sezen, VP of IS Bank attended the signing ceremony. As the largest bank in terms of asset size, Turkey IS Bank has enabled nearly 7,000 ATMs to accept UnionPay cards and enabled the E-visa website of Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to accept UnionPay cards. This time, the two sides will expand cooperation in two aspects. First, UnionPay acceptance coverage at POS terminals in Turkey will rise dramatically from 35% to over 50%. Second, the two sides cooperate to enable UnionPay online payment at many airlines and travel booking websites. Those merchants basically cover all airlines in Turkey. 
According to Cai Jianbo, we plan to increase UnionPay acceptance to 80% in Turkey within one year. This will help better serve UnionPay cardholders traveling to Turkey, promote personnel exchanges between China and Turkey and support exchanges between Turkey and neighbouring countries. Russia and many Central Asian markets have frequent exchanges with Turkey and UnionPay cards are issued on a large scale in those markets. Cardholders in these markets can use UnionPay cards conveniently in Turkey. Going forward, UnionPay will seek more breakthroughs in such fields as local issuance, contactless payment and mobile payment by cooperating with local mainstream institutions. According to Yalçın Sezen, he is glad to see brand-new advancement in expanding the acceptance of UnionPay cards, which will help IS Bank to provide more convenient and secure payment services for its customers and deliver more business opportunities to merchants and enterprises in Turkey. Subsequently, IS Bank hopes to conduct cooperation with UnionPay International in the field of innovative businesses and achieve win-win results.
01 September 2015
TSYS has  announced that it has signed an agreement to process Metro Bank’s credit and debit card portfolios on TSYS’ TS2 processing platform, as well as provide Metro Bank fraud management services through TSYS Managed Services EMEA. Aisling Kane,  COO  of Metro Bank commented,  “We are delighted to partner with TSYS, whose flexible card-processing solution will help support our ongoing and rapid growth. We look forward to working with them going forward.” “Metro Bank has a unique, customer-focused business that looks to reinvent the rules of banking,” said Gaylon Jowers, President of TSYS’ International Services segment. “At TSYS, we are constantly looking to change payments for the future, and working with forward-thinking banks like Metro Bank allows us to remain at the forefront of the UK payments market.”
27 August 2015
The Austrian State Printing House (OeSD) has been awarded with a contract for the production of the new laissez-passer travel documents. In order to deliver the electronic travel documents in compliance with the latest security and technology standards the premium solution supplier will collaborate with X INFOTECH, a system integrator and software developer. The laissez-passer will be embedded with several security features based on electronic chip technology and personalization. 
X INFOTECH possesses extensive experience and has earned a credible reputation for the successful deployment of e-ID. Therefore X INFOTECH was invited to partner up and deploy a secure and versatile personalization solution along with PKI in different sites at the same time. The turnkey solution will enable the laissez - passer holders to issue and validate electronic documents, thus increasing the speed of communications along with accessibility.
X INFOTECH is rapidly expanding its global presence as well as sustaining long-term growth in management of e-ID. Hence, the laissez-passer project is considered to be a huge step forward.
26 August 2015
X INFOTECH has recently announced the successful delivery of the biometrics solution for the mobile enrolment programme  in Lithuania in cooperation with the local partner ATEA. 
Recently, the consortium of X INFOTECH and ATEA won a public procurement organized by the Lithuanian Police. Their proven track record in identity management enabled them to stand out among their competitors and successfully replaced the existing solution of mobile enrolment stations and software. X INFOTECH together with ATEA delivered the solution that enables an accurate capture in conjunction with storage of data for issuance of identity documents such as e-Passports, e-ID  cards and e-Residence permits. 
X INFOTECH delivered the biometrics enrolment solution that reads fingerprints, as well as captures photo, signature and biographic data in compliance with ICAO requirements. Afterwards, the biometrics data is encrypted and exported to the central system which is integrated with the population register to prevent the issuance of document duplicates.
Lithuanian Police will benefit from the increased efficiency and flexibility of the mobile enrolment processes in the country. The application for enrolment of identity documents will become even more accessible thanks to the lightweight portable unit which enables easy setup. With the help of the new solution, the enrolment can be completed virtually in any place or time. 
18 August 2015
First Tech Federal Credit Union   has  announced a pilot programme with MasterCard that will enable First Tech employees to authenticate and verify transactions using facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics. Dubbed “Selfie Pay,” by industry observers, this initial test will be conducted in a closed environment where First Tech employees will use artificial funds and biometrics. The pilot will test the potential of delivering greater security and convenience to First Tech’s US cardholders by verifying identity via facial photographs or fingerprint scans conducted on smartphones. This technology will enhance the ease and convenience that Americans have come to expect when using credit and debit cards for online purchases while leveraging advanced technologies to help ensure payment security. The pilot programme runs in September and October and includes over 200 credit union employees. Pilot participants will use smartphone apps to make virtual donations to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, all authenticated by facial recognition or fingerprint biometrics. MasterCard and First Tech are proud to support CMN Hospitals, a nonprofit organization raising funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.
10 August 2015

The card usage experience of UnionPay cardholders in Maldives will become more abundant. On August 10, UnionPay International announced that it signed a cooperative agreement with Maldives Airport Company (MAC). They will join hands to deliver excellent and convenient services as well as exclusive privileges to UnionPay card holders. Chen Zhi, Vice-Chairman of China UnionPay and Adil Moosa, Executive Director of MAC attended the signing ceremony with the presence of representatives of some Chinese financial institutions.

08 August 2015
Recently UnionPay and Thailand Bankers Association signed a Chip Card Standard License Agreement in Bangkok. According to the agreement, the chip card standard of UnionPay will be introduced to the local banks as the standard of Thailand’s banking industry. Thailand has become the first overseas nation which adopts UnionPay standard as its local uniform chip card standard. Ge Huayong, Chairman of UnionPay International, Cai Jianbo, CEO of UnionPay International, Qi Yuemin, Assistant President of China UnionPay, Tongurai Limpiti, Vice Governor of Bank of Thailand, Kobsak Duangdee, Secretary General of Thailand Bankers Association, representatives of Chinese Embassy in Thailand and the Chamber of Commerce of Chinese enterprises in Thailand, and many governors of Thailand banks attended the signing ceremony. In 2014, with the review of Thailand Bankers Association and major commercial banks, UnionPay chip card standard became the recommended standard for acceptance and card-issuance for Thailand’s banks. Today, the signing of the standard license agreement between UnionPay International and Thailand Bankers Association shows that China has achieved a significant breakthrough in independent financial technology as well as standard export. Furthermore, it will push forward nationwide chip migration of debit cards and ATM cards in Thailand.
07 August 2015

UnionPay  and Canadia Bank  has recently  signed a card issuance cooperation agreement in Phnom Penh. According to the agreement, UnionPay debit cards  will be launched at the beginning of the next year to provide local residents with more convenient and preferential payment services for daily purchase and international travel. Chen Zhi,  Vice Chairman of China UnionPay and Datuk Michael Lor, CEO of Canadia Bank, attended the ceremony. As the second largest bank in Cambodia, Canadia Bank was the first local bank to launch UnionPay card business in 2008. All ATMs and merchants under its flag now accept UnionPay cards. With the help of the bank, UnionPay  and Dufry, an airport duty-free shop in Cambodia, have carried out UnionPay cards promotions for two consecutive years. On the basis of joint efforts for many years, the cooperation scope of the two sides has extended from acceptance to issuance step by step, and the target customer has expanded from UnionPay cardholders visiting Cambodia to local residents. Now more customers enjoy convenient payment service through the global network of UnionPay cards. Before then, UnionPay  cooperated with four local banks in issuing various UnionPay card products, including co-branded debit cards, credit cards and premium cards. The UnionPay debit cards to be launched via cooperation with Canadia Bank will further enrich local bank card products, facilitate cross-border payments between China and Cambodia, and enable Cambodian citizens to enjoy easier card-using experiences locally and in other Asian regions, including those most popular destinations like Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Laos.

04 August 2015
HID has recently  announced an ultra-thin Polycarbonate (PC) ePrelaminate inlay for eID cards that is more than 30 percent thinner than alternatives.  The new offering is the first HID  inlay to use its patented HID direct bonding platform technology, which is available for high frequency (HF) systems. NXP Semiconductors is HID’s first qualified partner supplying IC chips for this product. HID’s new inlay takes advantage of its proven process of directly bonding chips to wire-embedded air-coil antennae for low-frequency animal ID and automotive applications, without the bulk of added modules. The company has successfully leveraged its direct bonding technology for HF applications, enabling manufacturers to develop the smallest HF formats available in the market while delivering uncompromised performance. By using this method in its new ultra-thin inlays, HID Global is providing smart cards with a durable and reliable connection between the card’s intelligence – the IC chip – and its antennae. In addition, the thinner inlay offers e-ID and smart card manufacturers more flexibility in card construction. The narrow dimensions of HID’s ultra-thin inlays – 200 microns instead of the typical 350 microns – provide manufacturers with room to add more security features on both sides

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